Resistance is the New Normal: A Compilation of Resources

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Resistance Roundtable featuring Medea Benjamin

benjaminIn the wake of Trump’s missile attack on Syria, the panel discusses issues eclipsed by the corporate media’s war porn.
Guest panelist: Erin Badillo from Northern Fairfield County chapter of Action Together CT.
Special guest: Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink.
Panelists: Scott Harris, Ruthanne Baumgartner and Richard Hill
Interviewed, recorded and produced by Richard Hill on April 8, 2017

Kevin Alexander Gray: From Resistance to Movement

Kevin Alexander Gray, civil rights and labor organizer based in South Carolina, shares his assessment of the new political realities under a Trump administration and assesses the possibilities for progressive change going forward.

Interviewed, recorded and produced by Richard Hill on March 7, 2017.

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Rekindling a Prophetic Moral Vision for Justice – Rev. William Barber and Willie Jennings

“Rev. William Barber at the Yale University Divinity School, Parts 1 and 2” recorded and produced by Richard Hill, Between The Lines, Feb. 3, 2017. Rev. Barber, founder of the Moral Monday Movement and president of the North Carolina NAACP, was on the Yale campus for a public conversation with Yale Divinity School professor Willie Jennings discussing building a prophetic moral vision for justice.

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The Trump Resistance Starts Now – Jan. 20, 2017

Voices and Images from the Revival of the Progressive Movement



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Ongoing Widespread Resistance


“Protests Against Trump’s Policies Erupt for Third Weekend in Cities Large and Small,” NBC, Feb. 5, 2017

“Global Demonstrations Over Trump’s Policies Heat Up Amid Anger Over Travel Ban,” NBCNews, Feb. 4, 2017

“Resistance protests fading away? Nope. Just getting started. And in places you may not have heard of,” Daily Kos, Feb. 4, 2017

Widespread Resistance to the Muslim Travel Ban Leads to Ongoing Mass Protests


“Widespread Resistance Begins to Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban at U.S. Airports,” by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 28, 2017

“Challenging the Muslim Ban,” Yale Law School, Feb. 1, 2017



Welcome to the Resistance!

Between The Lines at the 2017 Inauguration of Donald J. Trump Protest and the Women’s March on Washington

Since 1999, Between The Lines has covered free trade agreement, Bush Inauguration and Occupy Wall Street protests in the U.S. Quite honestly, we have never before seen crowds as massive – with such overwhelming creative energy, innovative spirit, and degree of well-informed individuals concerned about free speech, human rights and the overall state of democracy – simultaneously across the nation and across the globe. University of Connecticut professor Jeff Pressman estimates that between 3.2 million to 4.2 million people (excluding those in other countries) attended the protests during the one-day Women’s Marches, considered the largest protest action in U.S. history. The New York Times has compiled an extensive collective of photos from many continents.

Perhaps most exciting is the possibility that these protest actions are indeed the first step in the revival of the progressive movement. Listen here on MSNBC:

Here, we aim to bring you the real voices, the news and views that truly matter and are often buried beneath riveting distractions, the issues of our humanity that are largely under-represented in mainstream media. (Be sure to refresh this page often — more updates forthcoming.)

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Inauguration day, Jan. 20, 2017 protest rally:


Filmmaker Michael Moore, at anti-Trump rally in McPherson Square, Washington, D.C. where thousands gathered in between marches throughout the city. Nearby, a convergence tent offered free peanut butter sandwiches, cookies, fruit and free rain ponchos.


Our coverage of this rally ended as a series of loud explosions were heard a few blocks away, and Scott Harris’ next interviewee on his cell phone conversation said there was a fire – and he quickly had to get – and we could see black smoke billowing in the sky. It turned out that small groups of “black bloc anarchists” had set a limousine on fire and the police were setting off concussion grenades and tear gas/pepper spray to thin the crowds. There were over 200 arrests during the weekend before the peaceful Women’s Marches.

“Deploraball” protest, Jan. 19, 2017:


Trump Disorganization street theater performer “Ponzi Scheme,”outside the “alt-right” white nationalist’s “DeploraBall” at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2017.


During this interview, someone started a fire in a nearby trashcan, and police began moving all individuals off the sidewalk, a sign of impending police action. Twenty minutes after the interview, riot police moved in and then pepper-sprayed the crowd of about 100-150 protesters.

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Inauguration Parade route protests, Jan. 20, 2017:


Vietnam veteran Peter Maitlyn, waiting for the start of the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Three women Robin, Kathleen, and Denise, awaiting the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Melinda from Maryland, awaiting the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. (12-second delay at beginning to be edited)

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Sarah from Brooklyn, with her mother and friend, awaiting the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Craig from San Francisco, awaits the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Jerry from Roanoke, Virginia, awaits the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Pat from New Fairfield, CT, awaits the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Kim and Roger from California, await the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Ben from New York City, awaits the start of the Inauguration Parade, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017

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Ted Sirota, co-initiator of and founder of Degenerate Artists Against Fascism, during Inauguration Day protests, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017


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Women’s March on Washington speeches:


MSNBC’s Beth Fouhy, senior editor, politics, NBC News and MSNBC, described the Jan. 21, 2017’s march on Washington, not as a “women’s march” per se, but a “first step in the revival of a progressive movement which grew out of Facebook and social media.” Many speakers at the Women’s March on Washington expressed several of the same ideas which tend to fit under this over-arching view: “Women’s rights are about human rights.”

But perhaps the most powerful message the marchers delivered is against the Trump agenda, one which differs markedly from the conservatives’ “If it hasn’t happened to me, I don’t care.'” What progressives and liberals believe is “This should never happen to anyone, and that’s why I care.'”



      • Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer.


      • Michael Moore filmmaker of documentaries, which includes”Roger and Me,” “Bowling for Columbine, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Sicko,” “Capitalism: A Love Story” and “Trumpland.”


      • Amanda Nyugen founder of the organization Rise, advocates for legal protections for sexual assault survivors and recently helped draft Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights legislation which has been passed into law in September 2016.


      • Kamala Harris is California’s former attorney general for six years and now senator.


  • Angela Davis is an activist, scholar and writer who advocates for the oppressed. She has authored several books, including Women, Culture & Politics.

  • Ashley Judd is an American actress and political activist. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd

  • Sophie Cruz is a young civil rights immigrant.


    • Van Jones is an American commentator, author and non-practicing attorney. He is a cofounder of several nonprofit organizations including the Dream Corps, a “social justice accelerator”.


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